THE MONTH of November was devoid of goals and very much limited in terms of games. However, that all changed last night thanks to a tremendous fightback from St Duthus in the quarter final of the North Caledonian Cup. With three players netting their first goals for the club, the Saints recorded their first win on the road this season after coming back from two goals down to beat a young Lossiemouth development side.
Garry Macleod was suspended for the rescheduled tie following his sending off against Halkirk when the Saints last played. Missing out were Will Ross and Jamie Skinner who remain absent due to illness and injury, respectively. Making his debut in the midfield was Ken Morrison, who has been on the sidelines since suffering a pre-season injury during a friendly with Fort William.
It seemed like it was going to be another grim day at the office for the Saints when a spirited and well organised Lossiemouth capped off a great start to the game with a goal in the 32nd minute; Jamie Lees netting with the final touch following a great passage of fluid play.
Just a minute before the break, referee Stephen McDade awarded a penalty to the home side after John Skinner had collided with one of the young Lossie forwards. Jamie Davidson made no mistake and deserving of their lead, the "Coasters" were indeed coasting, and went in at the break with a comfortable lead.
Half time: Lossiemouth 2, St Duthus 0
A significant change of formation and an immediate substitution were among the changes rung during the half time break by Stuart Ross, as the Saints looked to get back into the game. It took only nine minutes for the comeback to begin.
Good interchange play between Jon Campbell and Cammy Mackintosh led to Scott Miller collecting the ball on the edge of the box, who turned and hit a shot which flew past the Lossie stopper and into the net. With the deficit reduced, the Saints continued to press and began to look the better side.
It was all square twelve minutes later after a great cross from Adam Macdonald was met by Ken Morrison at the far post, and the tall midfielder sent the ball past Conor Hutton with purpose. With their backs to the wall, Lossiemouth were reeling and it was one way traffic in favour of the Saints, with the home side reduced to chances on the counter.
Were it not for a good save from Hutton, Scott Miller may have doubled his tally to make it 3-2 shortly after, and Cammy Mackintosh did everything but score from just a few yards out moments later. The deciding goal was reserved for Liam Rostock though, and he cemented his place as the third player on the night to net his first goal for the Saints with a brilliant effort. Completing his first full ninety minutes of the season, Rostock was well deserving of his winner.
Full time: Lossiemouth 2, St Duthus 3
The win sends St Duthus into the semi final of the North Caledonian Cup. Invergordon already lie in wait having beaten Halkirk United this past weekend to reach the final, but they will have to wait until December 17th to find out who their opponents will be, at which time St Duthus will travel to Golspie to play the remaining semi final. For the Saints, the results marks a welcome return to winning ways ahead of an important weekend league game away to Inverness Athletic, who remain hot on their heels in the lower half of the North Caledonian League table.
Conor Hutton, Lee Cowie, Ryan Sewell, Bodmi Tewnion, Jack McArthur (bkd 90), Joao Rodrigues, Nial Kennedy (Brodie Allen 81), Scott Campbell, Jamie Davidson (Ryan Taylor 84), Jamie Lees, Louis Pashley
Subs not used: John Watkins, Josh Thomas, Callum Hill
Steven Martin, Adam MacDonald, Joe Sutherland, Barry Kenny, John Skinner, Jon Campbell (bkd 62) (Martyn Farquhar 88), Ken Morrison (Liam Mcleod 69), Paul Cowie (Scott Miller 46), Cammy Mackintosh, Liam Rostock, Louis Webster (Sam Beeston 60)
Referee: Stephen McDade
Assistants: Darren Munro & Duncan Simpson